Weekend tech reading: New iPad's screen under the microscope

By on March 18, 2012, 12:00 PM

The new iPad's screen under the microscope It’s easy to conceptually understand the idea of quadrupling the pixel count, but once you actually see what this means, it’s frankly pretty astonishing. The iPad 2’s pixels look gargantuan next to the diminutive pixels from the third-gen iPad. By the way, Apple’s PR makes it sound like there’s almost no space between individual pixels. While there’s much less space than on the old iPad, rows of pixels are still placed quite a bit apart from each other. Ignore the Code

New iPad 32GB + 4G carries $364.35 bill of materials The new iPad, equipped with 32 Gigabytes (GB) of NAND flash memory and 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless capability, carries a bill of materials (BOM) of $364.35. When the $10.75 manufacturing costs are added in, the cost to produce the new iPad rises to $375.10. The BOM of the 16GB 4G LTE version amounts to $347.55, and the 64GB version is estimated at $397.95. iSuppli (also, iFixit has a teardown)

We gave people an iPad 2, told them it was the new iPad, and they loved it Apple's advertising onslaught is already battering down doors and TVs around the nation—you're gonna upgrade to a new iPad whether you like it or not. But based on our little test, most people can't tell the difference anyway. We figured that if we -- enormous nerds who fixate on pixel density -- were underwhelmed by the screen, then what about non-gadget geeks? Gizmodo

MS12-020 RDP code leak mystery deepens as Microsoft remains silent Microsoft has a big, ugly problem on its hands. The company is caught in the middle of what's rapidly become a major controversy centered on the leak of proof-of-concept exploit code for the MS12-020 RDP vulnerability. Many researchers, including the one who first discovered the bug and reported it to Microsoft through the Zero Day Initiative, believe that the software giant has a leak, either within its own walls in Redmond, or somewhere in its MAPP information-sharing program. Threat Post

HP lists new Ivy Bridge 2012 mosaic design laptops, available April 8th With no fanfare whatsoever, HP has listed its new Intel Ivy Bridge equipped Pavilion lineup of laptops with their new Mosaic design on HP.com.   Also included is the new AMD Trinity APU in the Pavilion g series.  You can’t order any of these laptops quite yet, but you can ogle the specs and pictures for these new laptops that HP has labeled as NEW.  Laptop Reviews

Exclusive: Bethesda to announce Elder Scrolls MMO in May While details are still few and far between, Tom’s has learned that ZeniMax Online Studios and Bethesda will officially announce Elder Scrolls Online in May 2012. An industry source that wishes to remain anonymous revealed the name of the new MMO to us, and confirmed that the game would take place a full millennium before The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Tom's Guide

HP ZR2740w - High resolution IPS that doesn't break the bank Almost 15 years ago I set up my first multiple monitor system, using a 17" and a 15" CRT. At that time it was a very uncommon setup, but now it seems that many people use multiple displays to manage their workspace. No matter how many displays you hook up, there are always some things that benefit from having a single, large, high resolution desktop... AnandTech

Getting out more than you put in: an overly efficient LED Semiconductor light emitting diodes (LEDs) have been around for decades and they're used in a wide variety of high-tech applications. When an electrical potential is applied across an LED, work is done to each electron in the system, in an amount equal to the product of the electron's charge and the potential difference. Ars Technica

Valve's comprehensive strategy shows how to go from fee to free... and increase revenue twelve-fold We've writen about Valve's approach to the market many times before. The company believes strongly that "piracy" is a service problem not a legal problem. It knows that it can easily compete with piracy by offering a better service, something that it regularly succeeds in doing. TechDirt

HTG explains: What can you find in an email header? Whenever you receive an email, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. While you typically only pay attention to the from address, subject line and body of the message, there is lots more information available “under the hood” of each email which can provide you a wealth of additional information. How-To Geek

Scientists build graphene from scratch, heralds new age of designer materials You’ve heard of "designer babies," the idea that you can customize a baby by altering its DNA, but now a team of researchers from Stanford University and the Department of Energy have meddled around with the very fabric of reality and created the very first "designer electrons." ExtremeTech




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ramonsterns said:

Well, let's see.

People still believe anything they're told, specially regarding apple products? Check.

Bethesda continues to ruin the Elder Scroll's franchise? Check.

Valve still trying to save whatever is left of videogames? Check.

yRaz yRaz said:

They really couldn't have made a worse turn with the ES series than turning it into an MMO. Thing I love about most Bethesda games is that your actions in game shape the world around you. This isn't possible in an MMO setting. It's just going to be a game with the ES name and lore. It doesn't seem to me like you'd be able to scavenge very well. Ever notice how in MMO's monsters drop the items? I like searching for things and sometimes you find that extremely well hidden chest awesome armor. The ES game play that people enjoy just wont translate into an MMO

Maybe for a die hard Elder scrolls/Bethseda fan this seems to be a turn in the wrong direction. It could be fun, but like I said about the C&C MMO, they will not be able to keep enough elements for the previous games for them to call it an ES game. If people wanted MMO's they're are thousands, possibly even 10's of thousands. Although I wouldn't mind if they had something like Borderlands Co-op play. If they do make an MMO, they better do a 1:1 scale of the entire elder scrolls world.

ikesmasher said:

i agree MMO might not work. Co op is all i ever wanted with elder scrolls.

Anyway, with the leds, itd be awesome to make LEDs help power themselves, lol

Guest said:

Valve saving videogames? How many hats do you own?

Anyway. Any time I hear an Apple buzz word thrown about like "thunderbolt" or "retina display" or the all encompassing "magical". I start to uncontrollably yawn.

Someone let me know when the Ipad starts using "magical" super amoled displays or "innovative" storing device receptacle (SD card slot) ;then I might be excited.

ramonsterns said:

Guest said:

Valve saving videogames? How many hats do you own?

Oh boy, not another fool that believes cosmetic items have an impact on gameplay.

Let's completely disregard the free games they gave out on Christmas and the discounts they have every day and on every weekend, not including the ones every holiday. As well as telling the failures that are Ubisoft and EA that their anti-pirating measures are killing their profits.

fimbles fimbles said:

Gotta love valve!

Gamers not lawyers

Guest said:

No, the hats do not impact game play ,but Valve giving out heavily discounted games is like the Romans giving out free bread and circus games. Its sad how people are so easily bought with free stuff.

I presume his point was that Valve is not the gaming messiah unlike so many gullible gamers think they are.

Honestly Valve/Steam fanboys are almost as cult like as Apple fans are. Say one thing about Valve and you have a torrent of angry internetters ready to spill blood.

I do not hate Valve ,but neither will blindly put faith in them and blindly ignore their motivations.

ramonsterns said:

Guest said:

I like to complain while providing no reason as to why I'm doing so. I'm hating something popular, am I cool yet?

That's neat, but Valve doesn't sell overpriced hardware with overrated software. The motivation of every company is to make money, and quite frankly, I'd rather they make money by enticing me to buy video games for cheap than fooling me into buying a game at full price and later charging me for DLC.

Believe whatever you want, no one is beating Valve's superior service any time soon.

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

No, the hats do not impact game play ,but Valve giving out heavily discounted games is like the Romans giving out free bread and circus games. Its sad how people are so easily bought with free stuff.

I presume his point was that Valve is not the gaming messiah unlike so many gullible gamers think they are.

Honestly Valve/Steam fanboys are almost as cult like as Apple fans are. Say one thing about Valve and you have a torrent of angry internetters ready to spill blood.

I do not hate Valve ,but neither will blindly put faith in them and blindly ignore their motivations.

Couldn't care less what you think, they offer a deal im on it. The thing is, they have offered quite few deals and great service thus far, although VAC is rather appalling but still...

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